De Soto The DeSoto school board met Tuesday to take care of the many organizational items necessary to operate the schools in the coming year.
Supt. Marilyn Layman highlighted some of the key changes and important decisions made at the meeting.
Kathleen Ross was elected board president, and Alan Hays was elected vice president. The board also decided to continue meeting on the first and third Mondays of the month.
Members voted to add the Olathe Daily News as an official district newspaper, in addition to the Shawnee Journal. They approved the 1,080-hour calendar for the year and reappointed John Vratil as the district attorney.
The following board members will represent the board on the respective committees: Marsha Bennett, Johnson County Area Vocational Technical Cooperative board of control; Kathleen Ross, districtwide professional development committee; Alan Hays, districtwide technical committee, and the parent advisory council for special education; and Curtis Allenbrand, DeSoto Economic Growth and Development Council.
The board approved substitute teacher pay at $65 per day, and $110 per day after 15 days.
In other business, board members:
Heard a presentation by Jim Pickel of Asbestos Consultant Testing, who discussed the asbestos problem at DeSoto Elementary School. The board voted to accept bids on removal of asbestos and complete the project before school starts in the fall.
Agreed to hold a board in-service in August.
Approved a 2 mill levy for technology purchases for the district. Layman said the levy will generate about $90,000.
Approved contracts for Shelly Underwood, elementary behavior disorder teacher, and Peter Carpino, secondary behavior disorder teacher.